Last Updated: March 1, 2011
Other Name: Baghalchur; Baghal Chur; Bagalchore
Location: Near Dera Ghazi Khan, Southern Punjab Province
Subordinate To: Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC)
Size: Unknown
Facility Status: Mining operations discontinued; site used as low-level radioactive waste dump

In May 1959, the Geological Survey of Pakistan discovered uranium at Baghalchore. Underground and surface mining, along with milling operations, began between 1977 and 1978. [1] After Pakistan purchased additional mining equipment, full-scale mining operations launched in 1980. [2] The uranium grade was approximately 0.05 percent. [3] The Baghalchore mine's resources were reportedly nearly exhausted in 1998, and open source information suggests that the mine had closed by 2000. The site currently appears to be used as a radioactive waste dump. [4]

Sources:
[1] Muhammad Mansoor, "Nuclear Minerals in Pakistan," The Nucleus, 42 (1-2), 2005, pp.73-83.
[2] Zia Mian, A.H. Nayyar, and R. Rajaraman, "Exploring Uranium Resource Constraints on Fissile Material Production in Pakistan," Science and Global Security, 17 (2), 2009, pp. 80-81.
[3] Franz J. Dahlkamp, "Chapter 9: Pakistan," Uranium Deposits of the World (New York: Springer, 2009), www.springer.com.
[4] Global Fissile Material Report 2010, Chapter 10, International Panel on Fissile Materials, December 2010, www.fissilematerials.org.

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